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    Goodbye, Gilchrist

    Check out the Weather Underground blog of Jeff Masters for impressive before-and-after pictures of the tiny town of Gilchrist. Or what used to be the town of Gilchrist, if the "after" picture is any indication. Masters writes: "Rescuers who have rea...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
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    Michael Chertoff, Live in Galveston!

    Here's some of what the United States Secretary of Homeland Security had to say: "The big challenge besides food and water is getting power and sewage." "We're working with the local city and governments to make sure the people have food and water....

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 5:11 pm
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    Things Not Getting Better At The Humane Society

    The place is still at five times its capacity, but that's not the big worry, spokeswoman Melanie Roushe tells Hair Balls. Instead it's the lack of supplies that's at a crucial stage. "We're keeping our chin up; we're without power and water but Hou...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
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    Some Of That Gas Being Refined Near Here Is Going Far, Far Away

    Although gas lines have shortened since Monday, and more retail gas stations are open, some Houstonians are still having to deal with the crunch. Generally, companies that own the refineries have contracts with buyers who actually distribute the fue...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 4:25 pm
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    No Bus Left Behind

    Remember that image after Hurricane Katrina of all those New Orleans school buses underwater? Kudos to the Houston Independent School District for taking steps to prevent that from happening here. "HISD's Transportation Department parked all of...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
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    Those Pesky Reporters, Asking Questions

    Editor & Publisher reports via the Galveston County Daily News that Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and City Manager Steve LeBlanc have ordered city employees to stop talking to the media, always a sure indication that things have gotten out of hand. Leigh Jo...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Some Unlikely People Get Priority

    You are waiting a long time. And then, just as you are about to reach the Promised Land of the pump, and actually put some fuel in that nearly empty tank of yours, an HPD officer steps in front of the line and stops you. He waves in two police cars...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
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    Get Off Your Fat, A/C'd Ass And Volunteer

    Relatively well-off after Ike? Feel like helping those who aren't? Then the life of a disaster-relief worker is for you! See exotic PODs! Hand out wonderful MREs! Here's the info from the county emergency-management office: Volunteers are urgen...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 1:31 pm
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    The FEMA Bureaucracy Descends, And Obfuscates

    Reliant is the check-in and dispatch center for trucks carrying ice, water and MREs to 18 PODS, and officials there told the Houston Press Tuesday that more MREs were already on their way. Press reporters were referred to Jan Amen of the Texas Fores...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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    Don't Forget Our List Of Places That Are Open

    As more and more places get their act together, we won't be updating the list itself, but the comments after the item are the place to look for the latest in restaurants, stores, washaterias, etc. that are opening their doors. Business owners, we en...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
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    Downtown Streets Getting Crowded Again, And It Sucks

    Driving in the northern part of downtown is becoming even more agita-inducing than usual. Broken traffic lights, blocked lanes, idiot drivers not accustomed to dealing with such things, makes for a less-than-merry trip. It's not as bad as some of th...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 17, 2008 @ 11:19 am
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    After the Storm Comes the Fire

    Photos by Daniel Kramer This house in South Houston made it through Ike with just some power loss, only to catch fire yesterday afternoon. Neighbors at Ammons and 8th Street say no one was home as they rushed over to watch firefighters battle the...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on September 17, 2008 @ 10:25 am
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    Video of Kemah Boardwalk After Hurricane Ike

    While in Kemah yesterday surveying the damage wrought by Hurricane Ike, Daniel Kramer got some video of the Boardwalk. As you can see, it's going to be some time before Tillman Fertitta's entertainment strip is up and running again... -- K...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 9:35 am
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    OK at Corral: Horses Evacuated from Fresno

    Twelve-year-old Mary Claire Ganucheau's quarter-horse Lindsey tried to return to normal yesterday after her evacuation, along with 55 other horses, from the Southern Breeze center in Fresno. Mary Claire, her brother John, and their mother Lisa pitc...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 17, 2008 @ 8:20 am
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    Tomball Gets Power, Loses a POD

    Today is the last day for the site to operate at HWY 249 and FM 2920 because power has been restored for many Tomball residents. Grassi didn't know where the pod would be moved tomorrow, but believed it to be in the Magnolia area. The supply line, w...

    @ Hair Balls by Paul Knight on September 16, 2008 @ 7:43 pm
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    Kemah Comes Face To Face With What Ike Hath Wrought

    Click here for a slideshow from Daniel Kramer... The street corner underneath the blue, arching sign welcoming visitors to Kemah is littered with debris washed out of people's houses: light-switch covers, roof shingles and even a sandy, sticky clum...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on September 16, 2008 @ 7:02 pm
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    The Scene From Kemah -- At Least They've Found Their Gator

    Click here for a slideshow from Daniel Kramer... Biologists at the Kemah Aquarium are breathing easier now that they've recovered a small gator named "Sweet Pea" that got loose during Ike. Not that this little gal could've hurt anyone, says biol...

    @ Hair Balls by Chris Vogel on September 16, 2008 @ 6:22 pm
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    Back to School at University of Houston

    School's back in session at UH, though there seem to be more downed limbs on campus than students. Those who did show up found classes that were about one-third full in most cases; some came to campus to find their professors absent. UH president ...

    @ Hair Balls by Houston Press on September 16, 2008 @ 5:17 pm
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    Katy ISD Stays Closed -- Because Of A Lack Of Gas

    Not necessarily because of power issues, although the district's home page says three schools remain without power. The bigger problem, teachers are being told, is that there is not enough gas for school buses. Extracurricular activities involving ...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 4:48 pm
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    An Ike Miracle: Bayport Cruise Terminal To Actually Be Used

    And they said it would never happen. The brand-new $81 million cruise terminal at the Port of Houston's Bayport terminal is finished and has been able to handle ships for a while now. Not so's you'd notice, because no cruise companies have signed up...

    @ Hair Balls by Richard Connelly on September 16, 2008 @ 4:05 pm
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